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A day in the life… of a public hospital CNS/RN first surgical assistant

We look at a day in the life of Sue Glover - one of the country's new Registered Nurse First Surgical Assistants working with mostly children before, during and after their heart surgery.

Career path: Plunket educator

Seeing vulnerable children and stressed families on the paediatric ward gave ANNE HODREN the drive to nurse in the community to improve child health through prevention and early detection.

Nurse researchers: creating a force for change

This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A force for change’. Florence Nightingale was just such a force, using statistics and data to challenge practice and develop health policy. We talk to some nurse researchers about the motivation and goals of nurse research, background some researchers’ career paths and share some tips and advice for those who may wish to follow.

A day in the life of a… prison nurse

Denis Allen starts his working day by heading through a metal detector scanner, picking up a kilo of keys and radio before passing through eight remote controlled doors to arrive finally at the prison health clinic. Find out more about his day

Career path: senior nursing lecturer

The chance to teach nursing students to become culturally competent healthcare professionals inspired DONNA FOXALL to swap working in primary healthcare for a career in nurse education.

Career path: clinical nurse specialist (trauma)

“Get a master’s degree” is the single most important piece of career advice, believes clinical nurse specialist KATRINA O’LEARY, who discovered her love of study on arriving in New Zealand and is now contemplating her PhD.

A day in the life of a community MH nurse manager

JENNI MANUEL shares a day in her life travelling the bumpy roads of Christchurch as a community mental health nurse case manager for the Canterbury District Health Board.

Career path: nursing school lecturer and researcher

The eye is small and should be ‘pretty easy to learn’ thought ELISSA McDONALD but, an ophthalmology PhD later, the now nursing school lecturer knows how wrong she was.

IND Hero: MH nurse with empathetic ear

A mental health nurse with an empathetic air for all has been nominated as Southern DHB’s unsung nursing hero.

A day in the life of a Mercy Ship nurse

Sue Clynes' clientele is the poorest of the poor living with heartbreaking conditions of the face and jaw. Find out more about her life living and working on board the Africa Mercy hospital ship as the volunteer nurse leader of the maxillofacial team.
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